A few things about the tour:
The elevation gained readings were done with a Garmin Edge 705 unit. The figures for the first seven days from Vancouver to Florence, OR were from the Garmin unit itself and not corrected while the figures from there south were elevation corrected online, meaning the readings were referenced to known coordinates. I'm not sure of either method's accuracy, but the figures can give a rider the idea of the total amount of climbing in each part of the Pacific Coast Route (but not so much the severity of the grades).
The Adventure Cycling maps and Bicycling The Pacific Coast (by Spring, Kirkendall) both were helpful, but having the entire route loaded into my Garmin unit (download from Adventure Cycling's website) helped to minimize getting the map out when navigating through city areas where the route has a lot of turns.
No matter what, it is also a good idea to download Adventure Cycling's addenda for the route or verify critical things first--in several places the grocery stores and other services listed in the book have since closed--the recession may have claimed more than a few victims in that regard.
Too much information section: I managed to fight off getting any saddle sores, which can be a problem given the jump in weekly mileage and time on the bike. Avoiding dreaded saddle sores can be accomplished through careful hygeine (a clean pair of shorts for every day, hot showers) and the use of ointments and balms.
For much of the section from The Avenue of the Giants to San Francisco, I had little to no cell phone reception most of the time. There was one entire afternoon where I had zero reception every time I checked.